BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's basketball team pulled away in the second half for a 73-53 win over Colby on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.
The 19th-ranked Polar Bears improve to 16-2 (4-0 NESCAC) while the Mules drop to 6-12 (0-5). Bowdoin also defeated Colby in the non-conference game between the teams, 83-69, in Waterville on December 7.
Shannon Brady led all players with 22 points while also recording eight rebounds in the win for Bowdoin. Sara Binkhorst pitched in 11 points while Kirsten Prue added eight points, four assists and four steals for the Polar Bears. Colby was led by 12 points from Carylanne Wolfington. Mia Diplock and Desi Smith had seven points each for the Mules.
Thanks to 16 first-half points from Brady, Bowdoin carried a 40-33 edge into halftime. The Mules made an early run in the second half, closing to within four points, 42-38, after Wolfington hit a three-pointer from the wing with 17:58 to play.
Bowdoin responded with a decisive 18-0 run to put the contest out of reach. Brady sparked the run with six straight points before Allie Piscina knocked down five straight points to push the lead into double figures. By the time Prue put home a fast break lay-in with 10:20 to go, Bowdoin had extended its lead to 60-38.
The Polar Bears dominated the paint, holding a 45-22 edge in rebounding and cashing in 42 points in the paint compared to 12 for the Mules. Bowdoin hit 46% of its shots in the win compared to 32% from the field for Colby.
Bowdoin will return to action Tuesday night at home against Husson (7:00 p.m.). Colby will host Amherst next Friday evening at 6:00 p.m.